Chinese Medicine for Endometriosis
Endometriosis, defined by the presence of viable endometrial tissue outside the uterine cavity, is among the most common gynecologic disorders affecting women of reproductive age. Patients experience a lot of pain when having periods. According to the theory of TCM, the etiology of endometriosis is Blood stasis. But the reason for blood stasis could be different from person to person. Some are due to cold. Cold retards the circulation of blood. Patients have strong pain and a lot of clots in blood. Patients usually feel cold. Their tongue looks pale and purple. Warm compress can temporarily relieve the pain. Some are due to heat. The color of menstrual blood is very dark or even black. Patients feel hot most of the time and prefer cold beverage. Their tongue looks redder than normal. Their pulse are strong and fast. Some are due to liver Qi stagnation which is related to emotional stress. Energy does not flow very well and fail to promote the circulation of blood causing blood accumulated in the uterus. Patients have strong PMS (mood swings, headache, abdominal pain, etc. before menstruation). After the menstrual blood gets out of the body, all the symptoms are getting better. Some patients have the combination of above one or two patterns. Dr. Han's treatment of Acupuncture and herbs usually have very good effects for endometriosis. With one month treatment, most patients can feel the difference at the next periods. With the relief of pain, other symptoms accompanied with menstrual cycle such as feeling cold or hot, anxiety, headache, abdominal bloating, etc. will get better too.